National Endowment For The Arts Deserves Its Funding

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu leaves a classroom after visiting with students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Compton in 2015. (Los Angeles Times)

For the umpteenth time, the National Endowment for the Arts deserves its funding!

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu leaves a classroom after visiting with students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Compton in 2015. (Los Angeles Times)

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu leaves a classroom after visiting with students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Compton in 2015. (Los Angeles Times)

The National Endowment of the Arts is under attack — again. The foes are the same tired cast of characters who have assaulted the agency for the last 30 years. Their arguments are the same threadbare notions that have been repeatedly rejected. They are mounting a partisan battle that will do the nation no good. But for the sake of the arts, it needs to be fought again and won.

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Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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